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The Five People You Meet in Heaven | [Mitch Albom]

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.
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Publisher's Summary

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you�ve ever thought about the afterlife � and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction will treasure.

©2003 Mitch Albom, Inc. All rights reserved; (P)2003 Hyperion

What the Critics Say

"Mitch Albom lifts us to a new level. You'll find here echoes of the classics � The Odyssey, for one � and that puts Albom's book in the best of company." (Frank McCourt)
"This is the fable you will devour when you fall in love. This is the tale you will keep by your side when you are lost. This is the story you will turn to again and again, because it possesses the rare magic to let you see yourself and the world anew. This book is a gift to the soul." (Amy Tan)

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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 02-20-05
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 02-20-05 Member Since 2002
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    "total waste of time"

    This was a very boring read...characters were boring, events were dull..I just couldn't see why any of this would be worth writing about! And the musical interludes were very annoying. I didn't like the writer's premise or the "life lessons" he put in the book...I just didn't like a single thing about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 01-14-05
    Amy 01-14-05 Member Since 2014

    - amy

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    "Not Always What it Seems"

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven was recommended to me by a dear and close friend. It went unlistened to for quite a while because it wasn't a "first page grabber". I knew what it was going to say anyway. (Or so I thought!)

    This book is truly a life changer and I recommend it to anyone.

    : )

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Hanlon 01-06-05
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    "Excellent writing, story is good too"

    I thought the best part of this audio book is how beautiful the writing is. Luckily the narration is great or I might not have picked up on it (or been too annoyed to notice).

    The story is fascinating and makes you wonder about the 5 people in your life.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Bloomfield, NJ, USA 01-25-05
    Luis Bloomfield, NJ, USA 01-25-05
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    "Not that bad"

    I enjoyed listening to the book. It has some nice ideas. It made think about most of the ideas it presented. Worth my audio credit

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrewpalandrew Austin, TX USA 01-30-05
    Andrewpalandrew Austin, TX USA 01-30-05 Listener Since 2002
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    "Mitch is a genius!"

    Excellent, excellent book, those who provided poor reviews its obvious they were 'hoping' for something else. Let the story be told to you, better yet, stick to your Sidney Sheldon blah blah novels or whatever it is that 'ignites' you. Its obvious you wouldn't know a great book if it hit you upside the head.

    17 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    John Rainier, WA, USA 05-05-05
    John Rainier, WA, USA 05-05-05
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    "Unexpected tangents make for a terrific story!"

    Five stars? Absolutely for this audiobook! Eddie, the most unlikely of heroes, will endear himself to your heart forever, as he embarks on his journey through heaven.

    For you few people out there that missed the movie or the print version because, like me, you were afraid of being "preached to" with some overly Christian (or whatever) dogma, fear not. This story, read PERFECTLY by Eric Singer, is universal in its appeal.

    Although not prone to doing so, I was moved to tears many times throughout this book . . . "good tears" though.

    Grab this one. You won't regret it. It's original, fable-like, storytelling at its most creative.

    Who will your 5 people be?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ting-Yee 01-06-05
    Ting-Yee 01-06-05
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    "It could be worse"

    I know, that's not a real worthwhile comment in and of itself. I'm referring to the fact that I didn't fall for "Tuesday with Morrie," too. Not a popular-fiction type, I had mistakenly assumed this would be intellectual and philosophical. Yikes. This was irritating for the many points other reviewers have raised, and I won't bore you with repetition. I know I'll never want to hear "Today is Eddy's birthday" ever again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edwin oxnrd, CA, USA 01-19-05
    Edwin oxnrd, CA, USA 01-19-05
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    "A wonderful book, I loved it!"

    I loved this book; I loved the narrator great story wonderful writing. Sure to be a classic. This could be the life and death of any of us, make you think about the time to have here and how wonderful it truly is. How actions in life truly affect other, GREAT BOOK!

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Morgan 12-08-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    This was a waste of a good credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Blyth, ON, Canada 02-27-06
    David Blyth, ON, Canada 02-27-06 Member Since 2015
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    "ok, but not great"

    not a Christain book, despite title.

    ok but had better listens

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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